Reported by Stephanie Ecker, Assistant Community Manager
As a result of the recent change in PA regulations allowing the purchase of consumer-grade fireworks, fireworks seem to be the topic of discussion around the Lake. Lake Heritage staff have received a lot of communication from members asking, “Can fireworks be set off at our homes now that fireworks are allowed in PA?”
Within Lake Heritage the answer is – NO!
Because of the questions we have received, we have researched the PA regulations regarding fireworks and found that there are still restrictions regarding where you can use them. This is what we found and how it pertains to the Lake Heritage Community:
- They cannot be discharged within 150 feet of an occupied structure. Every house in this community is within 150 of another house. Therefore, you cannot set off fireworks on your own property.
- They cannot be ignited or discharged on a public or private property without express permission of the property owner. This means that you cannot set off fireworks on a recreation area because you do not have permission from the Association to do so.
- They cannot be discharged from or within a motor vehicle or building. This means you cannot set off fireworks from your boat either.
- They cannot be discharged toward a motor vehicle or building.
- They cannot be discharged while under the influence of alcohol, a controlled substance, or another drug.
Please be advised, that if we receive reports of fireworks within the community, the member will be advised to report it to the State Police. Also, if Security observes it first-hand, they will report it to the State Police.
For detailed information, please go to the Pennsylvania State Police Public Safety website page at: http://www.psp.pa.gov/public-safety/pages/fireworks-safety.aspx . For highlights of the changes look at the Frequently Asked Questions page.
Please be safe this holiday!